Estepona celebrate this weekend fourth edition of the ‘City of Estepona’ Young Performers Contestwhich will bring together the most talented and promising instrumentalists in our country.

This contest, which is sponsored by the Consistory, aims to support boys up to 14 years old who are standing out in the music scene such as piano, string (viola, violin and cello), wind, harp or guitar players.

After the selection made by the jury in recent weeks, the 10 semifinalists of this edition are:

  1. Irene Arriaza González, violin, 11 years old (Seville)
  2. Pablo Beltrán Sánchez, viola, 10 years old (Zaragoza)
  3. Manuela Blasco Caprile, violin, 13 years old (Madrid)
  4. Alexander Erokhin Gómez, violin, 12 years old (Valladolid)
  5. Sofía Guillamón García, violin, 10 years old (Murcia)
  6. Sofía Manchado Chamizo, cello, 11 years old (Badajoz)
  7. Ana Martínez González, cello, 13 years old (Valencia)
  8. Martina Moliner Alcaine, violin, 11 years old (Zaragoza)
  9. Vega Rodríguez Pérez, violin, 12 years old (Castellón)
  10. Joana Santandreu Teixidor, violin, 12 years old (Barcelona)

The semifinals will take place on saturday, at the San José school facilities, starting at 10:00. The jury will decide who are the five boys who will participate in the final that will take place on Sunday, starting at 11:00 am, in the Felipe VI Auditorium. People interested in attending this municipal event can pick up their invitations at the Padre Manuel Cultural Center.

The mayor of Estepona, Jose Maria Garcia Urbanohas encouraged citizens to come and enjoy the music of these young virtuosos who will become great figures of music in the coming years.

Similarly, he stressed that this event, which organizes the Musical Association Gradus ad Parnassum’ chaired by Olga Tarasova, has the collaboration and support of such prestigious cultural institutions as the Reina Sofía School of Music, the Albéniz Foundation, the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra (OFM), the Iberian Sinfonietta Orchestra and the Malaga Philharmonic Society.

As for the awards, 1,000 euros will be given to the winner of the contest, 700 euros for the second, 500 euros for the third, and the fourth and fifth prize will get 200 euros each. There will also be a special public prize of 300 euros that will go to one of the five finalists.

In addition, it will be delivered Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra Special Award, consisting of participation in a concert in one of the musical cycles organized by the OFM. The jury may propose to the winner a personal audition to be held, according to agreement between the parties, before the OFM performing a work of free choice, alone or with piano accompaniment. Once the audition has been passed, the OFM will propose to the applicant a concert in one of its musical cycles or an extraordinary concert, always by mutual agreement between the parties.

will also be done special award ceremony of the Estepona City Council and the Reina Sofía Higher School of Music and the Albéniz Foundation, which consists of participation in the ‘Summer Camp Music and Culture’ organized by the Reina Sofía Higher School for two weeks in July.

Another award is Iberian Sinfonietta Special Prize: The orchestra will award a solo concert during the 2023-2024 season to the most outstanding participant from the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, who will be chosen by its artistic and musical director. The orchestra will bear the transport and lodging expenses of the winner. On the other hand, they have recalled that in this edition new prizes have been established.

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